Carbondale youth baseball team hits it big in tourney |

Carbondale youth baseball team hits it big in tourney

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Carbondale ” The Yetis, a Carbondale-based 15-year-old Triple Crown baseball team, took home the top prize from the past weekend’s Mountain Magic tournament in Steamboat Springs.

And they showcased their penchant for power in the process, bashing eight home runs in four games, of which the Yetis won three.

Jake Strack Loertscher, who just completed his freshman school year at Roaring Fork High School, belted two grand slams in one of the games ” an ultra-rare feat. Strack Loertscher finished the weekend with three homers. Others going yard one or more times for the Yetis were Luke Jacob, Mario Gonzalez and Jordan Hirro.

Johnny Nieslanik and Jacob and Alex Rascon held down the fort on the pitcher’s mound for the Yetis.

“We just played really well,” Yetis coach Thor Reeds said. “The kids were jelling. It’s a good bunch of kids.”

Many of the Yeti players were members of last summer’s 13- and 14-year-old Three Rivers Little League team that won a district championship and played in the Southwest region tournament.

“It’s most of that same group,” Reeds said. “We wanted to get them back together one more time.”

The Mountain Magic tournament win secured the Yetis a berth at the July 21-27 Triple Crown World Series in Grand Junction.

The Division 2 field the Yetis contended with in Steamboat included the Basalt Assaults and a team from Casper, Wyo.

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